ALBANY, N.Y. - The Albany Police force is growing bigger and stronger.
Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and Chief Steven Krokoff were at the swearing in of 14 new Albany Police Officers on Tuesday morning. Three officers who are already on the force will be promoted during the ceremony.
Dozens filled Albany City Hall's rotunda to watch the ceremony.
Those who are joining the department come from a host of different backgrounds, ethnicities, and life experiences. Krokoff told the crowd that was important, that an emphasis had been placed on making his department more diverse.
Krokoff also explained that the group was already leaders among their peers, now they would be leaders in their community.
"These officers will have to confront such emotions as paralyzing fear when bullets are flying, raging anger when dealing with a child predator, and dreadful sadness when dealing with a senseless death resulting from violence. This could all be in the same day,” he said.
Officials say the new officers will now head to the Police Academy for 26 weeks before training on the streets of Albany.